On Wednesday morning, the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) launched another powerful assault on the Deir Ezzor Military Airport’s outer parameters, targeting the southeastern gates that are protected by the Syrian Arab Army’s 137th Artillery Brigade of the 17th Reserve Division and the 104th Airborne Brigade of the Republican Guard.
Unlike yesterday, ISIS successfully made it to the Deir Ezzor Military Airport’s southeastern gates without the use of a vehicle borne improvised explosive device (VBIED); this was due to the absence of the Syrian Arab Air Force (SAAF) from this battle on Wednesday.
With intense firefights mounting at the southeastern gates, the senior military officers from the 17th Reserve Division called on the Russian Air Force to assist the embattled soldiers from the Syrian Arab Army in beating back the encroaching enemy combatants from ISIS.
No more than one hour later, the Russian Air Force’s SU-24 fighter jets came roaring into the Deir Ezzor Governorate to succor the Syrian Arab Army soldiers at the military airport; this proved extremely effective, as ISIS was at the mercy of their attackers due to their lack of cover against the airstrikes.
According to a military source from the 137th Brigade, the Russian Air Force and the Syrian Arab Army killed well-over 25 enemy combatants, while wounding an estimated 40 other militants.
The source added that the Syrian Arab Army was able to beat back the terrorist group’s attack before night on Wednesday, marking the third time in three days that ISIS has failed to infiltrate into the Deir Ezzor Military Airport.
Elsewhere, the Syrian Arab Army’s 137th Brigade – backed by the Shaytat Tribesmen and National Defense Forces (NDF) – clashed with ISIS inside the village of Al-Muri’iyah, where the aforementioned terrorist group attempted to recapture the Al-Muri’iyah Farms – they were unsuccessful after sustaining over 30 casualties.